Posted: Thursday, August 6
1 Corinthians 2:6-3:4
Verse of the day:
I had to feed you with milk, not with solid food, because you weren’t ready for anything stronger. (1 Corinthians 3:2)
With my daughter’s debut coming in about a month, my wife and I are trying to be proactive in acknowledging and figuring out ahead of time all of the changes that are going to take place real soon. We understand, as any of you who have kids already know, that there’s a lot of change when a baby comes. On Sundays Steph and I get to church at 7AM, which means we’re going to have to wake up a lot earlier than normal for us to get a little girl and ourselves ready so that we’re on time. We have a pretty small car and we’re thinking now about what we’ll do when we have another kid… because we both don’t want to get a minivan but we’re aware that most parents who have a minivan all started off saying the same thing. We love to eat at restaurants, and eating out can get pricey for even just two adult entrees. We’re starting to think through now what it’s going to be like adding on a kids entree to the bill and a chocolate milk because what kid likes to drink water when chocolate milk is available? Good thing for our wallets that there’s a buffer time before she starts eating solid foods!
When Paul writes today’s verse of the day, he’s acknowledging the discipleship process the church of Corinth is going through. If you can remember back to when you first became a Christian and began to understand what that meant and looked like, it’s a bit overwhelming. Becoming a Christian means taking on a completely new world view - the way you process and decipher the world. Jesus completely turns what we originally thought was the way to live life upside down and gives us new, better standards on how to live. Just as a baby doesn’t start out eating ribs and cheeseburgers, so also we as Christians work our way up on better understanding Jesus and his new way of thinking.
As baby Christians, you start off with the basic teachings of Jesus. As you can grasp and comprehend that information, Jesus wants us to move onto weightier and better understandings of who He is and what He has to offer us. Where are you at in your growth as a Christian? Have you appropriately progressed from milk to solid food? Have you taken initiative to understand Jesus’ ways better or are you still where you were at the beginning of 2015? Power For Living Groups, these devotionals, Sunday mornings and Sunday/Wednesday nights are all opportunities we as a church offer to help you grow in your faith and understanding of Jesus. If you’re not taking steps to grow, it’s time to put the bottle down and pick up a fork and knife. Eat some solid food, grow in your relationship and understanding of Jesus, and watch as your life is transformed for the better! Besides, Mountain Dew is way better than milk!